Senior Spotlight: Riley Doane
Riley was one of our co-drum captains and one of a couple of music students attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo this fall. She plansto major in English with a Pre-Law track. A standout memory is singing the Alma Mater at football games with the drumline. "I smile looking back on all of the football games that have ended with the entire drumline screaming the words at the top of our lungs, arm in arm, excited and giddy and full of that warm, fuzzy feeling."
Plan for the future: I am planning on attending Cal Poly SLO this fall and majoring in English with an anticipated pre-law track.
Travel aspirations: I would love to travel to the English countryside to indulge my inner Jane Austen fangirl. Other than that, I would really like to visit France, Ireland, and Japan (in no particular order).
Proudest accomplishment: I don't really think I have one 'big' accomplishment in high school. If I had to choose something, it would be that I've found what makes me the happiest and I know now how to maintain that level of happiness. Other than that, my emails have drastically improved over the years, and my writing is less tragic than it was during my freshman year.
Favorite Memory: Disneyland my senior year was all in all a really great trip for a lot of reasons, the main one was that I got to spend a really great day with really great friends :).
Favorite musical piece/tune from high school: My favorite tune from high school would probably be the alma mater, but the percussion version where all we know is the opening line, "In the heart of California..." I smile looking back on all of the football games that have ended with the entire drumline screaming the words at the top of our lungs, arm in arm, excited and giddy and full of that warm, fuzzy feeling.
Most underappreciated thing about high school: Probably the lunch times there. The only bit of freedom within my day-to-day school schedule was during lunch hour, where I could chat with friends, practice on an instrument, or study in my math classroom.
Quarantine activities: Lately, I've been binge watching some shows and playing a lot of video games. When I'm not doing any of those, I am baking or working out.
What I've been watching in quarantine: Recently, I've been re-watching all of” Avatar: The Last Airbender” by myself and binged “Survivor” with my family.
What part of the ACHS Music Program has had the most impact on you and why? The people have impacted me the most within this program. Every interaction, every conversation, every relationship I've held over the years with this phenomenal group of people has shaped my perception of the world around me and the person within me. I would not be where I am today without the trials and triumphs that I've shared with this program and its members.
What would you say to your freshman self about the Music program if you could? If I could tell my freshman self anything, it would be to persist and to keep my head up for the better days. Things can be difficult, and not everyone will be in your corner rooting for you, but those that are and that do will be keepers and are worthwhile. And the obvious cliché "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think," never hurt anyone.